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Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks
Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has been Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth since September 1991. Prior to taking up his current post, Rabbi Sacks was Principal of Jews' College, as well as rabbi of the Golders Green and Marble Arch synagogues.
At the time of his installation, the Chief Rabbi launched a "Decade of Jewish Renewal." This led to a series of innovative communal projects including Jewish Continuity, the Association of Jewish Business Ethics and the Chief Rabbinate Awards for Excellence. The Chief Rabbi began his second decade of office with a call to "Jewish Responsibility" and a renewed commitment to the ethical dimension of Judaism.
The Chief Rabbi received the Jerusalem Prize 1995 for his contribution to diaspora Jewish life, and was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 2005. He was made a Life Peer and took his seat in the House of Lords on Oct. 27, 2009, where he sits on the cross benches as Baron Sacks of Aldgate in the City of London.
The Chief Rabbi is a frequent contributor to radio, television and the national press. In 1990, he was invited by the BBC Board of Governors to deliver the annual Reith Lectures which were then published as The Persistence of Faith. The Dignity of Difference was awarded the 2004 Grawemeyer Prize for Religion, and A Letter in the Scroll a National Jewish Book Award 2000. Covenant & Conversation won the National Book Award in January 2010.